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Picture This: Rafael Nadal’s kicks; Maria Sharapova fans show the love, more

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While Rafa is at home admiring his trophies and signing for some free sponsor swag, the ATP and WTA firmly embed themselves in Asia. Here are some of the best pictures from the last week.
Rafel Nadal

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Rafael Nadal: Are we really to believe the entire purpose of this picture was to show off your new Nikes, Rafa? Nice set of trophies, dude.

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Nicolas Almagro, Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic and Nicolas Almagro: I don’t know if these two actually played any tennis during this exhibition in Taiwan, but I would definitely pay top dollar to watch them try to beat each other up.

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Maria Sharapova

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Maria Sharapova: Boy, Gilles Simon must get sooooo annoyed whenever this happens to him.

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China Open: Tennis officially invades China. Run, child, run!

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Novak Djokovic: The many faces of Novak.

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Agnieska Radwanska

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Agnieszka Radwanska: Aga can still pull off that backhand overhead smash, bum shoulder and all.

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Ana Ivanovic

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Ana Ivanovic: There’s something very cool about the international nature of tennis when you can find a group of kids in Beijing who are major fans of a female Serbian tennis player.

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Andy Murray and Ken Rosewall: Checking in on Mr. Murray after his Slam breakthrough in New York. Yup, still can’t wipe that grin off his face.

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Li Na: Is that cardboard cutout supposed to be Li Na? Nice to see that pirated copies of Adobe Photoshop are getting heavy use in China.

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Bonus Shot! Crouching Petko, Hidden JJ.

  • Published On Oct 02, 2012
  • 7 comments
    Kin
    Kin

    I'd definitely like to get a feel for those two trophies myself. The cups and silverware and stuff on the shelf is cool too, I guess...

    dmmtennis
    dmmtennis

    I sort of imagined Nadal's trophies inhabiting more of a shrine than a shelf in what I guess is his bedroom....

    EricWilson
    EricWilson

    that's not "cool".  that's just lame.  he's a grown-ass man.  he needs to move out and be an adult. good grief.  why would someone applaud a grown man that won't leave home?  ridiculous.

    JohnDoolittle
    JohnDoolittle

    Cool to see a multimillionaire like Nadal still having a small unassuming room at his parents home where he puts all of his trophies.

    JohnDoolittle
    JohnDoolittle

     @EricWilson It shows that the success hasn't got to him and that the most important thing to him is his family and he wants to be surrounded by them at all time when he's not traveling non-stop around the world. Who cares about the appearances? oh yeah, you...

    dmmtennis
    dmmtennis

     @EricWilson I think it's more common for children to live with their parents into adulthood in Mallorca than in the U.S.

    dmmtennis
    dmmtennis

     @JohnDoolittle  @EricWilson Yeah, if I spent half the year jetting between Beijing and Melbourne and London and New York, in my off time I wouldn't mind being close to family.